60+ Quotes on contemporary art to read & awaken the creativity inside!

Quotes on contemporary art

Quotes on contemporary art. Contemporary art is defined as the art that is made by people from the late 20th century. It includes all the artwork that includes the influence of advanced technologies and modern-day devices. Most of them are inspired by the global market and the global style along with all the diversity in cultures of the entire world. They are often made to represent personal, cultural, communal, and national practices. A real artist always makes contemporary arts, coz it's the type of art that is the direct representation of your personal and family frameworks. To know more about this awesome art type and to appreciate it, you may go through the following quotes on contemporary art.
1. "There is no new wave, only the sea." — Claude Chabrol

Quotes on contemporary art

2. "The basic unit for contemporary art is not the idea, but the analysis of and extension of sensations." — Susan Sontag

3. "This so-called contemporary art is not a form, but a philosophy of society." — Ai Weiwei

4. "Imagination without skill gives us contemporary art." — Tom Stoppard

5. "Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art." — Tom Stoppard

6. "There is a small world of people who are very interested in contemporary art and a slightly bigger world of people who look at contemporary art. But then there is a much larger world that doesn't realise how influential art is on things that they actually look at." — Marc Jacobs

7. "One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author." — Anish Kapoor

8. "What is extraordinary about contemporary art is the energy - it has our energy. New energy. Pieces hundreds of years old are beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, but without  our modern energy." — Victor Pinchuk

9. "Somewhere a portion of contemporary art has to exist as an example of what the art and its context were meant to be." — Donald Judd

10. "Contemporary art is an epoch of false money allied with false culture." — Alexander Stoddart

Quotes on contemporary art

11. "All great contemporary artists, schooled or not, are essentially self-taught and are de-skilling like crazy." — Jerry Saltz

12. "The problem with contemporary art is that no one bothers to do the research necessary to give people what they want." — Michael Scott

13. "We are not disillusioned because we have no illusions... What we have and what is our strength, is our joy in life... in all its amoral aspects. That is also the basis of our contemporary art." — Asger Jorn

14. "I mean, people listen to music, and they like that, but I think in England, a lot of people don't like contemporary art." — Damien Hirst

15. "Contemporary art will help me to modernise our society." — Victor Pinchuk

16. "You might argue that the history of contemporary art is a series of avant-garde movements, each new wave outraging the last." — Michael Scott

17. "In the mid-fifties, a revolution occurred and a new word entered the vocabulary of commercial art. Concept... But the change was not entirely good. Our gain was also a loss... There was great value in something well observed and carefully delineated. If the head and heart were often absent, there was something to be said for the presence of a hand." — R. O. Blechman

18. "There was an exhibition in Munich in 1937, 'Degenerate Art,' which included work by Klee, Kandinsky, Beckmann and many others. The work was called 'sick' and put in the trash heap. The sentiments expressed toward contemporary art by Jesse Helms, Pat Robertson and Mayor Giuliani recall the language used by the Nazis." — Hans Haacke

19. "I do not like to be a prophet. I like better to paint than to predict what the next painters will do. Though I have a feeling that consideration of order is very much in the air." — Josef Albers

Quotes on contemporary art

20. "I do not like to be a prophet. I like better to paint than to predict what the next painters will do. Though I have a feeling that consideration of order is very much in the air." — Josef Albers

21. "The conceptual and politically-driven art so popular and considered to be the forefront of contemporary art today is limited by its topicality and will lose its 'punch' when topical concerns move on to other interests." — Scott Kahn

22. "I have no doubt about a photographer in particular and a digital artist in general having become contemporary icons." — Nikolay Semyonov

23. "I have always been very much involved in the pseudo biological cycle of production, consumption and destruction. And for a long time, I have been anguished by the fact that one of its most conspicuous material results is the flooding of our world with junk and rejected odd objects." — Arman

24. "I was very much into buying contemporary art, but I've just decided I want to get rid of it all. Not that it's not great art, but all of a sudden my mood has changed, and I want to go back to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters." — Sylvester Stallone

25. "Apparently, a cleaner at Tate Britain... threw out a bag of rubbish, accidentally we are told, that was part of an exhibition supposedly emphasizing 'the finite existence of art'... The cleaner evidently had no time to question the relationship of his or her being to the rubbish bag, and reached the right conclusion." — Semir Zeki

26. "Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss." — Banksy

27. "Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom." — Eli Broad

28. "Art is about asking questions and engaging a dialog. By challenging or investigating conventions contemporary art helps promote an on-going sense of discovery, contemplation, and understanding. I think these are all important things." — Kim Anderson

29. "While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual and the sublime are suspect today, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art." — Ian Hornak

Quotes on contemporary art

30. "Contemporary art hates you." — John Waters

31. "If Graffiti is art and art is a crime then how come piccaso never done time?" — Melvin Glover

32. "Graffiti writers will never stop. They'll just evolve. It's interesting what ideas people come up with and how it all extends forward." — Ben Eine

33. "My work seen in its totality is a statement about the integration of the contemporary artist into an industrial society." — Herbert Bayer

34. "A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with." — Banksy

35. "Contemporary art is based on that an artist is supposed to go into art history in the same way as an art historian. When the artist produces something he or she relates to it with the eye of an art historian/critic. I have the feeling that when I am working it is more like working with soap opera or glamour. It is emotional and not art criticism or history of art." — Odd Nerdrum

36. "I didn't want to make 'high' art, I had no interest in using paint, I wanted to find something that anyone could relate to without knowing about contemporary art. I wasn't thinking in terms of precious prints or archival quality; I didn't want the work to seem like a commodity." — Cindy Sherman

37. "In 1967 there was no place for photography in a contemporary art gallery. It was almost impossible to get an art dealer to look at, let alone exhibit, anything photographic." — Mel Bochner

38. "Beyond a narrow, elite audience, there is a pervasive sense from the side of the public that much contemporary art fails to connect - a failure not evident throughout centuries of earlier art." — John Walford

39. "We need to remind ourselves that contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." — Massimiliano Gioni

40. "I have never understood, for instance, why some people see contemporary art as divided between 'painting' and 'conceptual art', as though this represented a genuine division." — Michael Craig-Martin

41. "The boundaries between contemporary art and cinema are so rigid. It's unbelievable. The film critics don't know my artwork and the art world doesn't know my films." — Agnes Varda

42. "My influences were from Europe from between 1900 and 1945. My favorite artists were Egon Schiele or Edvard Munch. I wasn't interested in contemporary art at all." — Tracey Emin

43. "I found that a lot of people ridiculed contemporary art. I decided I wanted to be involved in art everybody could understand." — Jason Blum

44. "I didn't even realize that people bought contemporary art . . . that people actually paid for it." — Wade Guyton

45. "It's interesting how as an artist you keep evolving, but if you can get into the contemporary art space, if the works are in institutions and museums, they keep living on and on and on, even if you move to a different space, that work is still operating." — Kalup Linzy

46. "Contemporary art photography, or, more specifically, what I would term mainstream art photography, represents for the most part the mining of an exhausted lode." —  Abigail Solomon-Godeau

47. "The fact that the work is affirmed by the Museum of Contemporary Art I think sends continued signals that this is worth paying attention to, looking at, and understanding."  — Theaster Gates

48. "The 1,000 Buddha, to me, is almost like a contemporary art piece." — Hiroshi Sugimoto

49. "I don't decide where I live. My wife decides. She's a curator of contemporary art, and she works at an art museum, so we go wherever she has a job. All basements look the same, so I can write from whatever basement I happen to be living in." — John Green

50. "Meeting and talking to the artist adds a special element to collecting contemporary art that makes the work an irreplaceable treasure rather than just another possession." — Ernest West Basden

51. "For me it's very important to turn Kiev into one of the main centers of contemporary art in the world. There is New York. There's London. And there will be Kiev. Everyone will come and say, 'Wow!" — Victor Pinchuk

52. "I had no idea what to expect moving to New York. It's embarrassing to say, but I didn't even realize that people bought contemporary art... that people actually paid for it... I know that's really dumb. I was really naive. I had no idea artists made money." — Wade Guyton

53. "Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them." — Brian Ferneyhough

54. "There are no categories in contemporary art. There are no rules. Artists are given the freedom to make and create whatever they please and call it whatever they please. I identify with that system, or lack of system, much more than I do the landscape of contemporary publishing." — James Frey

55. "Underground electronic music is art - fundamentally it's based on contemporary art, culture, dance, and real music. If you look at EDM, how many of those cultural standpoints are the same?" — Seth Troxler

56. "I've been immersed in manga since I was a kid. I grew up with this culture. So I started to think about how to compare manga to contemporary art." — Takashi Murakami

57. "I love contemporary art, although I wouldn't want a pickled shark in my house." — Bruno Tonioli

58. "I have a passion for modern and contemporary art." — Delphine Arnault

59. "In China, we don't have any contemporary art museums. Until a few years ago, we didn't even have a gallery." — Ai Weiwei

60. "When we talk about contemporary art and contemporary artists, we usually imagine artists who are alive. But I feel very uncomfortable about placing a border between living artists and dead artists." — Yasumasa Morimura

61. "My art gives contemporary art a juvenile-delinquent phase. Its self-made style gleefully trashes conventions of beauty and society while pick-pocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the previous centuries." — Steve Olson

62. "I feel like contemporary art is everywhere now and with the rise of the internet, it's so much easier to see what artists are doing and to follow their careers." — China Chow

63. "It's easy to say "This year in art sucked." After all, about 85 percent of all shows of contemporary art are bad. But 85 percent of all art made in the Renaissance was bad." — David Edelstein